Socio-cultural determinants of Malaysia and Singapore innovative development

Weizhen Gao


Nowadays, socio-cultural dynamics brings to the fore the question of the ability of national societies to ensure the actualization of their innovation potential. This article attempts to identify the socio-cultural determinants of innovative development in Malaysia and Singapore. As of today, the socio-philosophical discourse has not accumulated sufficiently comprehensive generalizations about the socio-cultural mechanisms for ensuring the innovative development of societies in Malaysia and Singapore. The socio-philosophical generalization of the progress on the innovative development of these two societies, proposed in t–he framework of policy, economic, educational discourses, was carried out. As a research methodology, the approaches of cultural and religious studies were used to analyze the socio-cultural context of innovative development of the studied societies, as well as classical and modern approaches of the theories of post-industrial (information, knowledge) societies. There is reason to believe that the innovative society of East Asian countries, such as Singapore and Malaysia, is approaching in its development to a qualitatively new period, characterized by a paradigm shift in the role of information and ICT in all spheres of public life. It was possible to substantiate the thesis that the paradigmatic shift to the information society of a new model, namely the innovation society, in Malaysia and Singapore is an accentuation of the intellectual component of information. In particular, it is demonstrated that the structural organization of integrity, both at the level of society of these states and the level of individual institutions, acquires the characteristics of rhizomorphism, networking to change the hierarchy and rigid management vertical. It has been demonstrated that Malaysia and Singapore’s public governance strategies, such as government programs or large-scale business projects, often based on the principles of integrativeness, complementarity, and interchangeability.


innovative society; Malaysia; Singapore; socio-philosophical analysis; socio-cultural mechanisms of innovative development; East Asian socio-cultural landscape

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